And we now officially can’t wait.
It was announced last week that a Love Actually sequel would officially be happening this year, coming fourteen years after the Richard Curtis film first graced our screens in 2003.
The sequel will be not be in film-form, instead being broadcast on BBC1 as part of a comic relief special for Red Nose Day 2017.
Since the news broke about Red Nose Day Actually, there has been a steady flow of exciting updates, from original actors confirming their return, to Love Actually screen-writer (and Richard Curtis’ wife), Emma Freud, posting behind-the-scenes shots of production.
Martine McCutcheon is the latest cast member to add to the excitement, opening up about the project whilst appearing on Loose Women as a guest presenter on Wednesday.
Natalie (McCutcheon) and David (Grant) were one of the original film’s best-loved couples and ever since the reunion has been announced, people have been dying to know whether the couple will still be together.
During the interview, Martine revealed that she didn’t actually know her character’s fate but she had high hopes for Natalie and David’s relationship. ‘I’m hoping me and Hugh are still together because we’re filming together!’ she joked. ‘I’d love for them to have a couple of kids and for him to still be doing the silly dancing.’
‘When they asked me if I was doing it, I said, “Is Hugh doing it?” and apparently, he said, “Is Martine doing it?”’ she explained, going on to suggest that she might not have returned if Hugh wasn’t onboard. She added jokingly: ‘But I know he would have done it without me.’
When asked about her relationship with Hugh Grant, she made us all very happy by revealing that the pair had remained great friends since the original film, staying in contact.
‘We still text each other and see each other’, she explained. ‘We just have the banter – we’re so different – we’re from such different backgrounds.’
Other Love Actually cast members set to return include Keira Knightley, Andrew Lincoln, Colin Firth, Lucia Moniz, Liam Neeson, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Olivia Olson, Bill Nighy, Marcus Brigstocke and Rowan Atkinson.
We can’t wait.
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